Friday, February 29, 2008
A larger 640x480 version Mortician - Crazed For Blood can be downloaded as well.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
I had the opportunity to do a quick little email interview with Babylon System, some of Dubsteps big hitters, belting out anthems such as Dancin' Shoes, Loaded, and Examination of Time. For those that don't know, Babylon System is comprised of producers Roommate and No Thing, hailing from San Francisco, killing dancefloors on a global level.
1. First things first, how did a duo from SF get into dubstep? You guys migrate from DNB, Grime, Reggae or just come across it online? What were you into before dubstep?
The first music I (roommate) ever mixed was dub, from there, both Tom and I have been on the dub, reggae, jungle, hip hop, trip hop, dancehall, and dnb tip. For years we both were big in to the dnb/jungle scene, playing out frequently and even running nights. I (room) was introduced to dubstep mildly through internet radio, but mostly got turned on to it from my homies in Salt lake city the Dubscouts. Tom first heard dubstep from a close homie of ours years back, our friend Ronin showed him a Joe Nice mix.
2. Tell me about the SF scene, I hear it's going off big these days. What the nights and who are the players?
THE NIGHTS: GRIME CITY, SURYA DUB, SHELTER, NARCOHZ, FULL MELT, ARGON, BRAP DEM, SHELTER, MAKEOUT SESSIONS!, BASSISM...... SF IS OFF THE CHAIN RIGHT NOW WITH DUBSTEP!!!
KEY PLAYERS: ANTISERUM, DJG, NICK ARGON, OSC,MATTY G, DJUNYA, SAM SUPA, SUBTEK, REDLINE LADIES, JUJU, RIPPLE, BABYLON SYSTEM, ROOMMATE, ESKMO, CYAN, MC DUH, MC CHILD, LUKENIO, LEXXXUS, BOGL It's a real healthy scene, always growning and filled with more homies than I can name.
3. Ok so Examination of Time, talk to me about that bass sound? Sounds just absolutely filthy, was there a bunch of resampling and processing involved? Probably a trade secret I know, but it's obviously not just a preset with a z-plane filter, right?
Started the bassline with some samples from a virus synth. Manipulated those samps with the NNXT in reason. Then split that up into a couple different layers all playin on top of each other. Made some of the variations by exporting the bass into Sonar and time stretching it. All the final sequencing was done in reason.
4. So do you guys ever have a message in mind when doing a tune? Dancin' Shoes is definitely a war cry to me. That "Stand up" sample and aggro bassline combo reminds me of some Bob Marley shit.
Our basic message is "it's crunk time" We just wanna make people dance.
5. Speaking of which there's a tune by Bob Marley called Babylon System and in it he sings "de Babylon system is the vampire, falling empire" and goes on to say it's a bunch of thieves and murderers, "suckin' the blood of the sufferers"... so is that something you can relate to? To me he's kind of singing about "The Man" ? Did that have something to do with guys choosing your moniker?
The Bob tune def gave us the idea for the name. We are trying to bring attention to the fact that we are all part of the Babylon System. We wanted a powerful name for the heavy music we are making.
6. What can we expect from you all in the future? Any label plans? Any tours? More solo projects from Roommate and No thing?
We got alot of stuff on the horizon. Releases scheduled on Argon recordings, Mode recordings, 10bag recs, Full Melt, Six6six, Heavy load as well as Spl and us just starting a label called Hollow Point that is gonna be putting out some knarly shit. We have def been playing shows alot seperately as well as together. We have both been dj's and homies for years and always love rockin parties. There will be alot of solo work this year as well, look out for releases from Roommate, No Thing, and OSC!!
7. Any shouts or last words?
SHOUT'S OUT TO ALL THE HOMIES IN THE GRIND, THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT!! THE BABYLON SYSTEM IS BUILT ON FRIENDSHIP AND GOOD VIBES! WEST COAST!!!!!!! WE WON'T STOP TIL WE GET ENOUGH!
Contact them on MySpace.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
This dude does some sick ink and pencil drawings... loving the custom kicks he did. Kinda outsider art-esque with hand drawn blocky typography. Some stark imagery for sure. Check out his blog for more work.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Crooks & Castles is pretty much straight up thug. Like way too thug even for me. If you watched the current season of the Wire you'll see plenty of young hoppers and bangers sporting this gear. Essentially not for me. I can't roll like that. Well, that's what I thought anyways. A few of their new prints caught my eye at Karma Loop. The Stand Off, as it'a called, remind me of some Freshjive gear from early 2007, but still slick in my minds eye. There's another called the New Bandito that's kinda cool as well, but a little too affiliated for my tastes. Anyways glad to see they are moving beyond crowns, dollar signs and handgrenades.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Dodge Challenger 2009
Originally uploaded by jcrash75
2009 Dodge Challenger is sick. They took the best bits of the 1970 Challenger and beefed it up, filled with 2009 muscle goodness, sprayed it Dukes-of-Hazard orange and threw down some racing stripes, Mopar is finally back! To quote Automotive.com : "The Challenger sits on Chrysler's LX platform, best known as the basis of the 300C, and it is fitted with a 6.1-liter Hemi engine, which delivers 425 hp at 6200 rpm and 420 lb-ft of torque at 4800 rpm. The Hemi badge is worth its weight in gold." I'm so getting this car!
Originally uploaded by jcrash75
The Camaro concept car from Chevy was a nice surprise at the auto show. There's some throwback design lines similar to the vintage style that made the Camaro a hot ride in the late sixties and early seventies. I especially like the fact they are emphasizing the wheel well again. My favorite Camaro , the '68, had a nice wide wheel well, and just really looked like a pure America Muscle car. It sat on the road and just dominated. So I'm taken by the new Camaro, and would definitely consider purchasing when/if they come out. Between this and the Dodge Challenger, I'm excited from American Muscle making a comeback. Sick!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Kai's illustration/design looks about a year or two dated, but still executed really well. Deconstruction mixed with bold typography and some late 80's abstract paintings (the kind you'd find hanging at a local McDonald's/ Hotel). I like it. This particular piece caught my eye because the message sort of hits home. Facing What Consume You is The Only Way To be Free. Whatever you are in to, just dive right in, ya know? Not too get too deep or anything but I think everyone can kind of interpret that to find their own direction. Thanks to NetDiver for scraping this guy up. Check more of Kai Isselhorst.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Check it out. On the newstands now. Issue #85 Feb 2008. Kinsey's a rad artist that sort of does this half-finished style leaves plenty of construction elements and half rendered figures with a limited black, red, dirty yellow and white color palette. Feels like a mash-up of printmaking, graffiti and figure studies. The one featured above is called Unintended Consequences 60x78 mixed media on canvas.
Not feeling his street art so much, but his paintings are hot. http://www.kinseyvisual.com
Innerlign 1st segment:
MUNDO - Monterrey
THC - 2degrees remix
ULTRABLACK - Baynger
SUKH KNIGHT - Jinglist
TYRANT - 1000 Years
BMC - Roots & Culture
KOMONAZMUK - Bad Apple
ROGUESTAR & RESO -
SUKH KNIGHT - Eat Bullets
Grommit 1st segment:
SUBDIVISON & EXCISION - Hypothermic
ANTISERUM - Dungeon Waltz
HIGH RANKIN' - Whats your user?
TYRANT - Section 9
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EMU vs 6BLOCC - The Surge
THE SUBDIVISION - Pirahna
ANTISERUM & ESKMO - Speaker's Corner
TECH ITCH - untitled
Innerlign 2nd segment:
BMC - Nuff Sound
MUNDO - Come to Me
KOMONAZMUK - Night at the Deluxe
ANTISERUM - Skull Fucked
ULTRABLACK & CLAW - Roll Heavy
SUKH KNIGHT - Diesel Not Petrol
SUSPICIOUS STENCH - Putrid Creature
SUKH KNIGHT - Tracks of the Trade
ROGUE STAR - Mad at the World
Grommit 2nd segment:
HEADHUNTER - Royal Flush
BREAKAGE - Dharma
HEADHUNTER - Don't Fuck with Texas
SHIVA & ALIEN PIMP - Persona non Grata
ULTRABLACK - Wither
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Un-Men illustrator Tomer Hanuka has some sick work. A little bit design, a little bit fine-art, and a whole lotta comic book. Slick lines, flowing compositions and dynamic color schemes, what more can you ask for? Portfolio Shop Blog Makes me wanna go out and buy some comics.
Monday, February 11, 2008
New one and an old one from Insight that I'm feeling. Love the design on their Pop Girl T (Warhol vs. Lichtenstein?), but could never pull off the colors. I'm just a dark color kind of guy, what can I say. Anyways maybe I'll give it a shot when I can throw $40 dollar bill out the window.
This old Insight (from Winter 2007 - which is our summer), The Unlovers - Days of The Strange is where it's at. I had to special order it straight from their US warehouse, as the design originated in their Austrailian branch, not a ton got distributed over here. Hocky Masks, bugs, and a crytpic pulp tagline, how can you go wrong. Love this one.
Insight also has a surf/skate/mayhem movie coming out called Good Morning Pluto, I think. I'm not entirely sure to be honest because their site is always cryptic and hard to navigate. The US blog version is here: The main base
Ok guys, I plugged you, now give me free gear.
The Train Passes
Originally uploaded by jcrash75
Select from my photostream on the CTA Photo Day. Let me tell you something, doing this photo project made the commute fly-by and a million times more interesting. I have something like 12 decent shots from it, but still so worth it. I reccomend everyone giving it a go, even if your public transportation isn't in jeopardy.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
I'm a big fan of the any kind of Panther designs, but this one really really struck me as it's in a forward facing stalking pose, which you rarely see. A sick design for sure. Too bad about the yellow shirt, bit loud for my taste. Could look hot under a black hoody tho. You can snag this at 80sPurple.com for a paltry $60.
Benga – ‘B4 The Dual’ (TEMPA)
Benga – ‘Urban Fox’
Benga & Ld – ‘Ld Project’
Seven – ‘Siren’ (TEMPA)
Benga – ‘Crunked Up’)(TEMPA)
Skream – ‘Filth’
Benga – ‘Twister’ (TEMPA)
Jakes – ‘2 Steps Backwards’ (Benga Vip)
Benga- ‘Drums West’ (TEMPA)
Coki – ‘Luxor’
Magnetic Man – ‘Eclipse’
Benga – ‘Assumptions Remix’ (Ringo)
Skream – ‘Oi Come Here Soon’
Benga – ‘26 Basslines’ (TEMPA)
Benga – ‘Trips’ (TEMPA)
Benga & Walsh – ‘Addicts’
Benga Feat. Dynamite Mc – ‘True Sound’
Skream – ‘Untitled’
Benga – ‘The Cut’ (TEMPA)
Benga – ‘Out Of Phaze’ (TEMPA)
Benga – ‘Technology’
Benga & Coki – ‘Night‘ (TEMPA)
Benga & Coki – ‘Night Artwork Refix’
Benga – ‘Mixed Signals’
Benga – ‘Industrial Problem’
Benga – ‘Pleasure’ (TEMPA)
Distance – ‘Victim Support’
Benga – ‘Musto’
Benga – ‘Feel No Better’
Skream – ‘Wionky’
Faithless – ‘Insomnia’ [Benga Remix]
Skream - Late For Holland
Benga & Walsh – ‘Bassface’
Benga – ‘Serial Numbers’
Coki – ‘Roadrage’
Benga – ‘80's Electro’
Skream – ‘Kinky’
Skream – ‘Tek A Pill’ (TEMPA)
Benga – ‘Benga's Off His Head’
Benga – ‘Creational’
Skream – ‘Wobble That Gut’ (TEMPA)
Benga – ‘Mind The Gap’
Skream – ‘Simple City’
Benga – ‘New Tone’
Coki – ‘Triple 6‘
Benga – ‘Air’ (TEMPA)
Geiom – ‘Remenissin' You’ [Skream Remix]
Skream – ‘Chestboxing Remix’ [Benga Remix]
Klaxons – ‘It Aint Over Yet’ [Skream Remix]
Benga – ‘Back To Singles’
Magnetic Man – ‘Is Everything Cool’
Magnetic Man – ‘Glitches’
Main mirror linked in the title.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Got lots of good tips for greenscreen on Mograph.net check their tutorials section if you are interested. That site is a goldmine if you know how to search properly. The video edit was done by our good friend Logan who was freelancing for us. She's now in LA enjoying the sun out there.
Plastician - Dubstep Mashup
Babylon System - Examination Of Time
The Black Ghosts - Someway Thru This [Plastician & Skream Remix]
Benga - The Cut
Benga & Coki - Night
Skream - Callous
Benny Page - Swagger
Benny Page & Zero G - Time To Kill
++ Gangster No Acapella
Jakes & Joker - 3K Lane
Skream vs Plastician - Chest Boxing vs Real Things
++ Real Things Acapella
Skream - Ruffed Up
Tes La Rok feat. Unkle Sam - Around The World Girls
++ Around The World Girls Acapella
Skream - Oskillator
Coki - Untitled
Skream - Tek A Pill
Skream - Guru
Magnetic Man - Eclipse
Sukh Knight - The Jinglist
12th Planet - Tonka
DJ Evol - Sickness
Magnetic Man - Everything Kool?
++ Shizzle Freestyle Acapella
Timbaland - Ayo Technology Instrumental